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HOUSING ASSOCIATIONS WELL PLACED TO LAUNCH FUTURE CAREERS - NEW REPORT

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A National Housing Federation report launched today demonstrates that housing associations can be key partners in d...
A National Housing Federation report launched today demonstrates that housing associations can be key partners in developing successful job creation schemes.

Unemployment is often found in quite small neighbourhood pockets and

community focused schemes are becoming more relevant. The report:

'More than just a job' illustrates that housing associations have a good feel of what will work in these neighbourhoods, and have the potential to develop schemes in conjunction with local residents.

Jim Coulter, chief executive of the NHF said: 'As the government looks for potential partners to develop their regeneration and social inclusion agendas further, they could do well to look at housing associations. This report gives just a taster of what some

have already been doing, and the potential for others to get involved.'

'More than just a job', is based on the experience of five successful

schemes from across the country. It gives guidance and information for

those organisations thinking of developing similar schemes.

It makes clear that community centred - 'bottom up' - approaches are the key. Commitment to consult and involve participants can make the

difference in creating projects that are more attractive to potential

participants.

Jim Coulter continued:

'Often training and job schemes can seem unattractive to potential

participants. With the right levels of commitment and involvement, this report illustrates how career paths can be opened.'

'More than just a job' by Aaron Cahill and Tim Taylor is available from the NHF. Fax orders to 0171 843 2214. Price is£10 +£2.50 P&P.

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